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Resetting your Refrigerator filter indicator light after changing your water filter

Some people are not aware that after you change your refrigerator water filter, there are two more steps that should be taken to complete the water filter change process.

Step 1:
Reset your water filter indicator light - Most new refrigerators come equiped with an indicator light that notifies you when it is time to change your water filter. This light does not automatically reset when you change your water filter. Here is a list of refrigerator manufacturers and how to reset the indicator light.
Amana Refrigerators - Press and hold the Auto and Dispenser Lock buttons until the water filter status indicator light flashes.
Frigidaire Refrigerators - Press and Hold the Reset Button Until the Indicator Light Flashes.
GE General Electric Refrigerators - Press and Hold the Reset Button for around 8 Seconds.
HotPoint Refrigerators - Press and Hold the Reset Button for around 8 Seconds.
Jenn-Air Refrigerators - Press and Hold The Light and Lock Buttons until the Water Filter light flashes.
Kitchen Aid Refrigerators - Press and Release the Light Button 5 times Quickly.
Maytag Refrigerators - Press and Hold The Light and Lock Buttons until the Water Filter light flashes.
Samsung Refrigerators - Press and Hold the Ice Type and Child Lock Buttons at the same time for 3 seconds.
Whirlpool Refrigerators - Press and Release the Light Button 5 times Quickly.

Step 2:
Flush a couple of gallons of water through your new filter. Since most refrigerator water filters are made of carbon, some carbon residue is present in the first gallon or two of water. This will leave a bitter taste and residue in your water. If you continue to have these problems after flushing a couple of gallons through the filter, it is possible that you have a defective water filter.

Once these two steps are completed, you are all set to enjoy great tasting ice and water through your refrigerator. If you don't see your manufacturer listed or the insructions don't work for your model please post a comment with your make and model number so that we can provide exact instructions for your model.

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Posted by Ray on March 26, 2006 12:02 AM |

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I have a Sears Kenmore 26' Side by Side Refrigerator model#596.51673100 and need to know How to reset the filter indicator light.

The model that you listed will reset with either the Maytag or Amana directions.

Maytag Refrigerators - Press and Hold The Light and Lock Buttons until the Water Filter light flashes.

Amana Refrigerators - Press and hold the Auto and Dispenser Lock buttons until the water filter status indicator light flashes.

Please let us know which one works.

For future reference, the filter that you model uses can be found at http://www.filtersfast.com/WF50-UKF8001AXX-12589208-PuirClean-Water-Filter.asp.

My Amana is about 4 years old. I have to press and hold water and dispenser lock buttons until the filter status indicator light flashes to reset.

I installed and reset the indicator button for a new filter on my GE fridge, but no water comes out. It goes into the filter, but won't come out of the front of the fridge

I have a Whirlpoo side by side refrigerator model with ice dispensing system and ultraease II water filtratio. system. I put in the filter for my 6 months old whirlpool yesterday. I pressed and release the Light Button 5 times quickly (in 10 seconds). It still stays red. How long you have to wait for the light button to turn green.

The GE inline water filter model GXRQ has been changed twice and still the icemakere has a storng smell of rotten eggs. Removing the filter stops the stench. The icemaker has been changed as have the lines and the water valve.

I have a Kenmore side by side with filter at the base of the refrig. Directions say to push button and pull out old filter. Old filter will not budge!!! Do you know any tricks to get the old filter out??

I'm with S.K. Hong above. I press the light button 5 times quickly as it says in the Whirlpool instructions, but the light stays red.

I have an Amana bottom freezer model equipped with an inside water filter. I changed the filter and the system worked normally for about 2 weeks. Now the water coming out only comes out in a trickle. What could the problem be? Thank you.

This is sort of a follow up question. I want to know how refrigerators know when it is time to change the filter. Is it just set to notify you every year or is it actually linked to the condition of the filter and once the filter gets to a certain threshhold the light comes on, whether that be in 6 months or 2 years. The reason I ask is that I am single and so I don't use the water as much as would be the case in a normal family. I want to know if when the light comes on, is it because the filter is actually worn out/dirty or is it just because a preset timer has expired. I feel like I have to keep shelling out 50 bucks every time the red light is on while the filter I am throwing out still may have a lot of life left in it. Hopefully you get my drift. Thanks

Model # 596.51679100 Kenmore Limited Edition side by side. Cannot seem to reset the filter change light. Any suggestions?

I installed a new filter and reset the indicator button for a new filter on my GE fridge, but no water comes out. It goes into the filter, but won't come out of the front of the fridge. I replaced the filter because no water came out of the filter.

Whirlpool side by side fridge, same problem as S K HONG &
GREGG posted in June and August this year.
The Red lign indicator is always on after replacing the filter and pressing the resetting
button 5 times.
Is this a fault in the fridge ?

If you are having problems with your reset light, please post your refrigerator model number so we can lookup your models reset instructions.

Im trying to reset my filter light on my Amana fridge. The filter light never flashes when I press the auto and lock buttons. it will turn all the indicater lights off. so if the water is selected the green light is not lit up. if I do it again the filter light comes back on and then the green light comes on above the water button.

We bought a refrigerator from a neighbor, who gave us her filter because it was only 3 weeks old. We forgot to flush the line (which probably hadn't been used for 3 years). Perhaps two months later, we flushed the line. Do you think the filter is still good? I was diagnosed with giardia. Could that be from the saturated filter which is not nearly 6 months old but possibly full of contaminants? And the fridge is a Whirlpool, but the filter is Kenmore. Does that matter?

Any time you do not use your water dispenser for a few weeks it is recommended that you change the filter. It is possible for bacteria to grow in the filter media if not used on a regular basis and bacteria was introduced to the filter prior to it not being used.

Model # 596.51679100 Kenmore Limited Edition side by side is made by Amana so use the Amana instructions lised above. Let us know if they do not work for you.

2 years ago i ordered filters onm to1-ds my account number then was 0226886382 i want to make sure i am ordering the right ones, i saw a to1 on your inventory is that the right one please reply

I have a whirlpool fridge (side by side) model ED25RFXFB01. The water dispenser stooped delivering water while there is still water coming to the ice maker. I changed the filter but the problem is still there. A friend suggested to change the water inlet valve and I am still running in the smae problem. I appreciate any suggestion.

Larry

My side by side fridgidare fridge freezer is 4 years old. The drinking water will not come out, it leaks into the fridge through the filter. I have changed the cartridge and set the reset button. I had a repair person come out only to be told he didn't know why it was leaking through the filter into the fridge.

I am also interested in an answer to this question posted above by Karen:

"This is sort of a follow up question. I want to know how refrigerators know when it is time to change the filter. Is it just set to notify you every year or is it actually linked to the condition of the filter and once the filter gets to a certain threshhold the light comes on, whether that be in 6 months or 2 years. The reason I ask is that I am single and so I don't use the water as much as would be the case in a normal family. I want to know if when the light comes on, is it because the filter is actually worn out/dirty or is it just because a preset timer has expired. I feel like I have to keep shelling out 50 bucks every time the red light is on while the filter I am throwing out still may have a lot of life left in it. Hopefully you get my drift. Thanks"

I have a Whirlpool side-by-side with a water filter. About two weeks after we bought it, the water started tasting funny (almost like dirt) so I replaced the filter. Three days later the water tasted bad again. This is a new water line from the supply under the sink. The water from the sink tastes fine. Any ideas?

Amana ARSE665 filter state indicator LED reset: Press and hold dispenser lock (far left) together with the water select button (next to left). The filter light will change from red to green. Some have mentioned pressing and holding the dispensor lock together with the auto/light button -- this disables the panel altogether. Repeating the combination reenables the panel.

I followed the above steps for changing the water filter in my Amana Refrigerator. I reset the lights however when I do that it turns all the lights off and they don't come back on unless I reset it again and then it says the filter needs to be replaced still. Model #ARS2664BB

Hi there! Thanks a lot for the information regarding my Samsung fridge! I couldn't find the information on Samsungs site, så thank God for the internet and clever users of this!!!
Take care!

Cath

I have a Kenmore Limited Edition side-by-side model no.596.51674100, and I have reset the light pressing and holding the lock and water buttons until the indicator turned green.... Hope it helps.

I replaced my water filter on a Maytag MZD2665HEW 26" side x side.
The filter light changed to green but the lock is still on. I just bought this from someone who did not have a manual. please advise on how to unlock. Thanks-james

I have a Fridgidaire Professional series refidgerator. The amber light for water filter system came on and then after a week or so it turned back green. Is this normal?

I just reset my filter light but now my lights are all off Kenmore 596.51673100 Thanks for any help

I need to know how to remove the filter in the base of a kenmore side by side refrigerator. It doesn't seem like it wants to turn?

Thanks! This site is awesome. The light was bugging me for months, and all I had to do was check out this site.

There is a whitish residue on the tray below the filtered water and ice in my Kitchenaid refrigerator. This started when I changed the filter for the first time. Is that normal or is there problem with the filter or the way I installed it? Thanks.

Hi! Just moved into a new house and inherited a Sears Kenmore side-by-side refrigerator (model begins with 596 so it's an Amana, right???).

Water and ice dispenser worked great until I hit the lock button to prevent the kids from playing with it. Now I cannot unlock it!

I've read all the posts above and tried everything, including unplugging it for 5 minutes.

Help!

Also, previous owners never reset the RED filter light.

why do we need a filter for the refrigerator ice despensers, my husband and I were talking and he said its the same water from the faucet and I said it cant be because why would you need a filter, running the water through the line, please answer this question, i say some where the water change coming through and it would not be safe for us to drink without the filter, help who won the arguement

We woke up to water all over our hardwood floor. The water is apparently coming from the filter connection in our Kenmore side-by-side. We pulled out the filter and the leak stopped. When we put the filter in, the water sprays out the front. Is this a filter problem or do we need to buy a new fridge?

Hi. I have a Maytag side by side refrigerator, and it's time to change the filter, because its light is on. However, I don't know how to take that filter out. It sticks. Further, my husband says that we must be careful, because there are two tubes of water connected to it. The Maytag people, who delivered this 'frig did not leave us any manual, and I can't find its manual online. When I phoned the Maytag store, they asked me, "Don't you have a manual?"

What minerals are necessary in water for good taste? Will filters remove these minerals?

I have a Kenmore side by side refrigerator model #
106.56612500
I need to change the water filter and can't find the manual, what are the steps for this action.
The in grill knob doesn't turn.

When changing the water filter under the fridge the plastic 'yolk' type handle snapped off and now the old filter is jammed in there and there's nothing to grip onto to turn it. It's always been tight but this time it was stuck solid. I tried pouring soapy water down the retaining housing while covering the weep hole underneath and turning the canister with some long nose pliers but those two o-ring seals at the unreachable end won't budge. There's not much to grip onto and I'm thinking of drilling a couple of holes in the filter end to get a better purchase on it but not knowing the inner design of the filter and wall thickness I don't know if this would be a bad idea. Is there an easy fix-in-place solution or do I have to replace the whole cartidge assembly? Thanks.

I also have a Whirlpool side-by-side. tried your press 5x solution and it did not work - I have no LED light at all?? Help please

I have a 26' Side By Side Kenmore ref. #596.51679100. Want to change water filter. Where can I find it? Help?

I have a whirlpool side by side that takes whirlpool ultra ease filter the filter is in the front grill panel I am ordering one but how do I get the old one out?

I have a Kitchen Aid side by side. Replaced the filter but can't reset light inside. Held down the lock button - filter light is flashing but won't reset.?????

I have an AMANA ARS2664BB
I found that to reset the filter light you have to press and hold the LOCK button and the WATER button at the same time.
This will reset the filter light to GREEN.

I have a 4 year old Kenmore side by side with water and ice maker. I changed the filter but no water goes out nor does it make ice.

What happens if you don't change your filter?

We purchased a Kenmore side by side less than 2 years ago and have since replaced the water filter 3 times because of the taste of the water and ice cubes. Each filter has the same end result even after dumping a gallon of water and the ice cubes and resetting. What else could be the problem? The filter that came with the fridge didn't seem to have this problem, but the remaining 3 filters purchased at the same time have. Thanks.
Thanks.

I have a Kenmore side by side refrigerator. We replaced the filter, and reset the light (it flashed different colors and then green) It stays green for a little while, and then goes back to red. What could the trouble be? We inherited this when we moved into our house.

Has anyone got a recycle solution for used filter units? (I have a Fridgidair side by side, although Im not sure that would make a difference). I feel bad throwing such a big lump of badness into landfill every few months?
Thanks
NIcky

I have a Whirlpool side by side. Upon changing the filter and running the requisite 2-3 gallons, I noticed what appears to be small pieces of fine plastic sheeting floating in the water. Any thoughts? Is my hose leading from the filter to the door discharge coming apart and in need of replacement? Please reply.

I have a whirlpool side by side refrigerator. I am not able to remove my water filter. I tried several times. I cannot turn it any ways. I have replaced my water filter few times in the past in the same refrigerator without any problem. But this time, i am not able to remove my filter at all. What can i do?

Couple months back, the faucet from the wall that connects to the rear of my refrigerator started dripping water and i replaced the washer and the water dripping from the faucet stopped. I am not sure if the dripped water could have damaged anything so the water filter is not coming out. It is really hard to believe. I do not believe so but would like to include it here. Our water has a lot of rust. Is it possible the filter got rust and i am not able to remove because of that?

I can not turn my water filter.

I have a Kenmore refrigerator model 106.74982401
I am trying to replace the water filter. I put the new one in but it will not turn. The old one will not turn either. I have always found it difficult but now it is impossible to turn. When I had the old filter in the refrigerator, the light which tells you when it is time to change the filter went from yellow to green and stayed green for a long time, telling me that it probable was not in place. If anyone can help, I would appreciate it. I checked and I have the correct filter for my model of refrigerator.

I have a Kenmore Elite model 596.51672100 side by side. If you press and hold the lock and light buttons it turns off all the lights on the panel. To reset the filter light you have to hold the lock and water buttons.

I have the Kitchen aid ser # SU2123537. I have replaced the water filter but he red light will not go off. I have tried the 5x fast recommendation above and still NO luck. Please help.

I have a Whirlpool Side-by-side refridigator. We replaced the filter and pressed the reset button 5 times. It has not reset. What should I do?

I see lots of questions about filters that are stuck and we can't get them out. I do not see any answers. Is there a way to get the filter out. I have a maytag h20 the filter is at the top. It took us some time to get the old filter out, we put in the new filter but no water comes out. we can not get the new filter out it is stuck to see what is wrong.
Please answer.

My Kenmore side by side with ice maker is between 10 and 15 years old, does it have a filter for the ice maker.

I am trying to remove a filter from my Amanda side by side refrigerator, I can turn it but it want come loose it stuck tight.

If you're having problems thinking the filter is stuck...did you take the grille off? On my Whirlpool side-by-side, it's attached with 2 clips, one just inside each hinge. Pull gently from on the part outside/below the hinges. Once you have the grille off, the filter should turn easily. And you can clean things out while you've got them apart. Slide the cover off the end of the old filter and onto the new one. BTW - my old filter leaked a bit, so you may want to have a towel on the floor.

I have a KA side by side. I had to hold the reset button in for a few seconds and it beeped and then blinked and then the 5x thing worked. Thanks...this was the most info I found. The filter just set press the button.

Cara_Mia: Thanks for posting, those are good suggestions.

Dorothy: Glad we could help! Thanks for finding us!

I was resetting the filter light and all the keys locked. It is a Maytag
Performa. I tried unplugging the fridge but that did not work either.
Don't have a manual. Any help would be appreciated.
Ps. the red light did go off...

Hey Becky,

I assume you already tried pressing the light and lock buttons until the water light flashes?

On some models you can also try rapidly pressing those buttons. Sometimes that helps.

I'll keep digging.

One more thing, Becky.

You might want to try giving Maytag a call, if you haven't. They might have some information that is more specific to your model. Here's a site that will show you how to find your model number, which Maytag may need.

http://www.maytag.com/support/model_number_popup.jsp?type=refrigerator&Image1.x=16&Image1.y=11

I have a Kenmore Side by Side model
10654383380. After changing the filter, the water has stuff floating in it that looks like wet tissue paper, only small in size.
We have run through 3 or 4 gallons and still getting this gross stuff in the water.
Also, how do I reset the reminder light?
Thanks.

Hello Kimberly,

It sounds like you could have one of two problems.

It could be that scale has built up in your pipes and is now coming through your refrigerator filter. Refrigerator filters will usually stop particles this large, even though their main purpose is to reduce the taste and odor of chlorine.

The other problem is that you might have gotten a bad filter, and pieces of the media are coming through. This is perhaps less likely.

To see if it is a result of your new filter, you may try taking the filter out and running the water without it. Some fridges will not allow you to do this without a dummy filter.

Let us know if that helps at all.

I have a Samsung SRS758DP two door fridge freezer. The water has stopped dispensing and the filter light is on. Can you tell me how I change the filter and where it is situated as I do not have a manual.

Hello Eric,

As I'm sure you've already discovered, there's not a wealth of info online about your particular fridge and the filter.

I did find this owner's manual, though it doesn't really give any specific details about the location of the water filter or how to change it. http://downloadcenter.samsung.com/content/UM/200706/20070626065918031_DA99-00810A_v0.6.pdf

As to its location, most newer refrigerators have the filters in or below the freezer compartment, or even in the fresh food sections.

Some refrigerators, however, have an "inline" water filter plumbed into the tubing running to the refrigerator. This would be located behind the unit. Other times you can find the filter in the base grill of your unit.

Poke around a bit and see if you can find anything. Your old filter might have a model number on it, which would be very helpful (we carry one popular Samsung filter, which you can view here: http://www.filtersfast.com/Samsung-DA29-00003A-refrigerator-water-filter.asp.

It doesn't seem like this will fit your model, but perhaps it will give you a better idea as to what to look for. An inline filter, on the other hand, would look something like this: http://www.filtersfast.com/IF-35-Waterpik-water-filters.asp

We'll get this figured out!

In the Maytag 26 cu ft side by side (MSD2655HEW) you press the lock and WATER buttons for 3 seconds to re-set.

Thanks for the info, Mike!

I have a new Samsung fridge. When the indicator said I needed a new filter, I bought one and installed it by the manual. I've tried to reset the light but it won't go off. What's wrong?

I have a Maytag side by side refrigerator and a brita water filter. The water filter keeps freezing which means no water or ice coming out of the dispenser. We have to keep taking the filter out and thawing it in water. This time I left it out all night thinking it would be thawed by morning... but I believe more than the filter freezes, cuz it still does not work. If I turn down the temp in the fridge, the food isn't cold. If I turn down the temp of the freezer the food thaws. Help! Thank you, Kathy

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